Running in Florida

I don’t know why I wasn’t inspired to write about my adventures in running while I was in Florida. It was an interesting experiment, to say the least! Full of ups and downs. My first few outings were pretty discouraging, but eventually I made it work. And I even made some progress while I was there! I flew to Orlando on Sunday, 9/8 and then had to pick up my rental car and drive from there to Cape Canaveral. The rest of my evening was spent getting dinner (McDonald’s – not very inspired), grocery shopping (Publix is awesome!), and settling into my hotel room. I was too tired to go running that night, but I got up early the next morning to run before it got too hot outside. I failed. Luckily that’s not the end of the story. Here it is in an abbreviated form.

Monday 9/9 – Morning run thwarted by heat and humidity. Decided not to try that again.
Tuesday, 9/10 – Evening run instead, but thwarted by heavy rain this time. Very frustrated.
Wednesday, 9/11 – Made it 8.2 miles during this evening run, but the humidity made it pretty miserable. Decided to take a few days off before trying something else.
Monday, 9/16 – Discovered the joy of indoor treadmill running! Watched “Star Trek Into Darkness” on my iPad while running 1.25 mile intervals (5 miles total) for the first time.
Tuesday, 9/17 – Watched “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” while running on the treadmill.
Thursday, 9/19 – Started watching season 1 of “Torchwood” on Netflix while running on the treadmill.
Friday, 9/20 – Same
Sunday, 9/22 – Same
Monday, 9/23 – Same
Thursday, 9/26 – After taking an extra day off to let my blisters heal I started running 1.5 mile intervals (5.5 miles total) while watching “Torchwood.”
Friday, 9/27 – Same
Sunday, 9/29 – Same
Monday, 9/30 – Same
Wednesday, 10/2 – Same
Thursday, 10/3 – Same. Last run in Cape Canaveral.
Sunday, 10/6 – Made use of a treadmill at Homewood Suites Lake Buena Vista and watched “Once Upon A Time” while running. No wifi in the fitness center or I’d have continued watching “Torchwood.” I almost made it through season 2 by the time I got back to LA.

Not bad, huh? There’s more to this story, but I’ll get to that another time. And I’ve been running consistently since I got home last week so I’ll keep you posted on my progress!